13 Welcoming Front Porches

From formal to laid-back, these inspiring porches offer plenty of ideas for ornamenting your own outdoor space.

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Photo By: Image courtesy of Christian Rice Architects, Inc., photo by Brent Haywood

Photo By: Image courtesy of Christian Rice Architects, Inc., photo by Brent Haywood

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White Picket Welcome

Casual yet classy with an open air design, this porch, designed by Christian Rice Architects, Inc., has total curb appeal and a subtle but inviting color palette.

Brick and Stone Beauty

Instead of a traditional front porch, why not create an open patio with elegant sight lines and plenty of room for outdoor entertaining? A pair of designer lanterns highlight the entrance to a courtyard of brick and natural stone tile.

Pergola Accents

Intimate but stylish, this combination of front porch and main entrance makes a smashing first impression with its painted steel pergola and block columns of stucco veneer.  Hagan Architects created this contemporary look while the brick porch structure was original to the house.

Modern Farmhouse

Country living can be chic when you have a front porch with such a clean, uncluttered design (by Hendel Homes) which brings out the finest features. If elegant minimalism is not your aesthetic, you could always dress up your veranda with hanging plants, sun shades and porch swings.

Ipe Decking

Here is a side view of the covered porch on the modern farmhouse which offers spectacular sight lines and showcases the handsome Ipe wood decking. Comfortable deck furniture and border beds of hydrangeas complete the down home feel.

Vintage Home Remodel

An older property gets a new lease on life in this stunning remodel by Aston Design that accents the allure of the front porch and entrance with a color scheme of cheerful yellow paint with white accents.

Bungalow Style

Bungalows might not be known for their spacious front porches but you can do a lot with a little as you can see in this remodeled gem that features cedar columns and granite piers with grapevine mortar joints. All of it is set off nicely by a pathway entrance of bluestone pavers.

Plantation Style

Rocking chairs, potted plants and an open air veranda set the laid-back tone for this quintessential plantation style porch created by Frederick + Frederick that features Ipe wood flooring and a cypress ceiling.

Eclectic Beach Flair

Casual yet delightfully quirky, the porch of this beach house (in Venice, California) designed by Christina Karras reflects a mingling of Mediterranean and mid-century modern influences.

Rancho Deluxe

A contemporary renovation to a ranch-style home in Atlanta resulted in this clever combination of a small but elegant porch and a more private upstairs balcony/veranda.

Lake House

This vacation home with a lake view designed by MGA Renovations gives you a dual purpose porch with a screened in area for entertaining and an open veranda.

The Wraparound Porch

For this custom designed home for a family with four children, JH Designs created this alluring and spacious covered porch that wraps around the side of the house and includes a screened in section.

Double Duty

If you enjoy your yard, why not take advantage of that feature with a solution like this? For their renovation of a 1932 home, The Consulting House added an attractive outdoor loggia and a side porch/patio as areas for relaxation and casual entertaining.

Stonework Artistry

In a closer view of the side porch/patio, the stonework wall makes a magnificent backdrop to an outdoor area that is paved with flagstone and perfect for alfresco dining.